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RNG Courses, Eastern Oregon University

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Top RNG 341 RANGELAND ECOLOGY AND MANAGEMENT (3)  Offered in current or future terms
Nature and management of rangelands. Integrated land use with emphasis on plant-animal-soil interactions.

Top RNG 351 RANGE ECOLOGY I-GRASSLANDS (3)  Offered in current or future terms
Principles and terminology of grassland ecology. Addresses the spatial-temporal dynamics of structure, function, and process in North American grassland ecosystems. Water, nutrient cycles and energy pathways are explored in context of the variable driving forces of climate (drought), herbivory, and fire. PREREQS: (BOT 313 [D-] and RNG 341 [D-] )

Top RNG 352 RANGE ECOLOGY II-SHRUBLANDS (3) 
Introduces the ecology of shrublands using an autecological approach. Explores the effects of stressors such as temperature, drought, fire, and herbivory on plant morphology, physiology, reproduction, and growth. Covers life histories of common shrubs and descriptions of shrubland communities used to promote understanding of autecological principles. PREREQS: BOT 313 and RNG 341

Top RNG 353 WILDLAND PLANT IDENTIFICATION (4)  Offered in current or future terms
Students will learn how to identify approximately 100 plant species found in wildlands of North America and Mexico. Individual plant species ecology, basic plant anatomy and identification characteristics observable only through a microscope or dissecting scope, and how to use a dichotomous key for plant ID will also be covered.

Top RNG 355 DESERT WATERSHED MANAGEMENT (4)  Offered in current or future terms
A systems-based understanding of hydrologic processes in arid and semiarid landscapes. The class is focused on gaining knowledge of multiple ecological and hydrological interactions occurring in dryland watersheds and on discussing practical methodology aimed to enhance site productivity and ecosystem resilience. Emphasis is placed on land use effects on watershed function; monitoring of soil, water, and vegetation variables; and methods of rehabilitation of degraded landscapes. The course has a strong experiential learning component through a series of ‘hands-on’ practicums and a field trip to a semiarid location in eastern Oregon. Lec/lab.

Top RNG 405 READING AND CONFERENCE (1-16)  Offered in current or future terms
This course is repeatable for a maximum of 16 credits.

Top RNG 406 PROJECTS (1-16)  Offered in current or future terms
This course is repeatable for a maximum of 16 credits.

Top RNG 421 WILDLAND RESTORATION AND ECOLOGY (4) 
Emphasis is placed on understanding the ecology of arid and semi-arid ecosystems through the study of ecological processes responsible for ecosystem function. Range improvement practices for stabilizing and repairing degraded wildlands by directing autogenic recovery mechanisms are discussed. This involves manipulating plants, soil, animals and microenvironments for improved ecosystem function. PREREQS: Course work in soils and ecology. Field trip required.

Top RNG 441 RANGELAND ANALYSIS (4)  Offered in current or future terms
Techniques used to describe vegetation in shrub-lands, grasslands, and forests. Use of measurements in resource management. Course is field-oriented, emphasizing both theory and practice of wildland inventory methods. PREREQS: ST 351 or ST 351H

Top RNG 442 RANGELAND-ANIMAL RELATIONS (4) 
Domestic and wild animal use of rangelands as related to environmental factors, palatability, food habits, nutrition, physiography, and their effects on management of rangeland-animal resources.

Top RNG 490 RANGELAND MANAGEMENT PLANNING (4)  Offered in current or future terms
Administration and management of rangelands; planning processes involving goal setting, inventories, personnel management, environment, conflict resolution, and other constraints necessary for decision-making. Use of data collected from field problems to support the execution of class plans. Field trip required. Lec/lab.

Top RNG 499 SPECIAL TOPICS (1-16)  Offered in current or future terms
This course is repeatable for a maximum of 16 credits.



 
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